Postgraduate study in Earth Sciences

What can you study in Earth Sciences?

Postgraduate study in Earth Sciences encompasses the study of the earth and earth processes that can also fall into the disciplines of geology, geophysics and physical geography.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Climate and Society
  • Coasts and Rivers
  • Environmental Change
  • Hazards and Disasters
  • Natural Resources
  • Volcanology, Petrology and Geochemistry

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Earth Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc(Hons) in Earth Sciences

May take up to 30 points from:

30 points:
EARTHSCI 789 Dissertation

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Earth Sciences

May take up to 30 points from:

GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation
GEOG 745 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOGI 746 Applied Coastal Geomorphology
ENVPHYS 702 Subsurface Characterisation with Geophysical Methods
Or other course approved by the Program Coordinator 

Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences 120-point research masters


Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences 240-point research masters


Where can postgraduate study in Earth Sciences take you?

Our graduates establish careers in areas such as resource management, hydrology, hydrogeology, coastal management, catchment management, water resources, mineral exploration, petroleum exploration, environmental geochemistry, engineering geology, natural hazards research, meteorology and geothermal energy.

Jobs related to Earth Sciences

  • Climate scientist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental assessment, restoration and rehabilitation
  • Environmental consultant
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geotechnical analyst
  • Hydrologist/hydrogeologist
  • Landscape modeller
  • Marine geologist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Resource, hazard, risk and environmental analyst/manager
  • Seismologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Volcanologist

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

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